Transportation news: East Austin bus station almost finished, South Austin I-35 work continues and more

A new bus plaza in East Austin is nearing the end of construction. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
A new bus plaza in East Austin is nearing the end of construction. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

A new bus plaza in East Austin is nearing the end of construction. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Find the latest transportation news from the Austin area.

New Eastside Bus Plaza approaches opening date in May

A new bus station in East Austin on Shady Lane, near the intersection of Cesar Chavez Street and US 183, is nearing completion. The Eastside Bus Plaza includes a 2,200-square-foot terminal building and will be a hub for four different Capital Metro routes as well as eight routes for the Capital Area Rural Transportation System. The plaza has been under construction since early 2020 and is scheduled to finish this spring.

Timeline: February 2020-May 2021

Cost: $7.5 million


Funding source: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, CARTS, Capital Metro, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, city of Austin

Beautification project at MoPac and Lake Austin Boulevard could get approval this summer

Mobility Authority staff included a project to make improvements at the intersection of MoPac and Lake Austin Boulevard in the organization’s 2020-21 fiscal year budget. However, after the impacts of COVID-19 and the Feb. 14 winter storm, the organization will wait a few months before making a final decision about whether to go forward with the project. The project would paint crosswalks, fix medians and retaining walls, and perform landscaping in the area.The board of directors agreed the project should go forward but decided to return to the discussion in June.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: $877,000

Funding source: Mobility Authority general fund

I-35 project spanning William Cannon Drive and Stassney Lane still on track to finish mid-year

Ongoing work along I-35 spanning the intersections of William Cannon Drive and Stassney Lane is still on schedule to finish in mid-2021. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, winter storms and freezing temperatures that swept the state the week of Feb. 14 did not delay progress on the project, which was originally scheduled to finish by the end of 2020. Crews are continuing work to construct curbs and gutters, pave the main lanes and install shared-use paths. The five-year project includes paving along the stretch of road in South Austin from approximately Boggy Creek to SH 71, reconstruction of the bridges spanning I-35 at Stassney and William Cannon and widening the highway’s main lanes to help drivers merge.

Timeline: 2016-21

Cost: $78.8 million

Funding source: TxDOT
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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